2. Pedagogy Introduction
Pedagogy. Many refer to it as the how in teaching, while our subject-matter content remains the what. Merriam-Webster terms it, “The art, science, or profession of teaching.” Many philosophers, researchers and practitioners have argued over the best pedagogical methods of teaching for centuries, from Socrates and his Socratic method to the more current trends of Project Based Learning based on constructivism. There are subject-matter specific pedagogies, too. You may remember the shift from phonics to whole-language instruction and back to phonics within just a few decades. There are so many pedagogical pendulum swings in the life of an educator that it begs the question: What is the best method for instructing your students so that they succeed in the 21st Century?
Becoming a digital educator is not only about mastering that interactive whiteboard that's been taking up space in your room. It isn't becoming an expert in BYOD or mastering the trendy apps. Learning how to use tools is important, but learning how to harness them in harmony with your teaching style (pedagogy) and content is what will make the difference in facilitating student success. In this module, we will take a look at Project Based Learning (PBL), Partnership for 21st Century Learning and Bloom's Taxonomy, all pedagogical constructs that are heavily woven throughout the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In particular, we will dive in to the intersection between pedagogy, content and technology to further explore what an effective Digital Educator looks like. This module culminates in creating a lesson for your students that starts with a core standard, infuses an element of PBL, and utilizes a technology that best supports both the content and the instructional method.
Upon completion of this module, participants will:
- Understand the pedagogy and technology skills embedded in the Common Core Standards
- Become familiar with examples of research-based pedagogies: P21, Bloom’s Taxonomy and Project Based Learning
- Explore the overlap between technology and pedagogy (TPACK)
- Create and implement a lesson that combines content, an element of Project Based Learning, as well as a new technology tool